Contents tagged with Hijab

  • Hijab ban amounts to direct discrimination

    Tags: Race Discrimination, Employment Law, Employment Tribunal, Hijab

    Despite efforts to encourage diversity in the workplace, employers can still get caught out by the equality legislation. This has been demonstrated by the recent decision in Bougnaoui and another v Micropole SA where a ban on an employee wearing her Islamic headscarf (hijab) was deemed to be direct discrimination. 

    Ms Bougnaoui, a Muslim woman who worked for Micropole an operating company in France, was dismissed when she refused to comply with her employers request for the removal of her headscarf when in contact with customers. The request was made following a customer complaint. 

    The court in the first instance, and upon appeal, held that the employers practice was not discriminatory as it was a “genuine and determining occupation requirement”.  … more

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  • Parental Bereavement Bill

    Tags: Still born, Parental leave, Parental pay, House of Commons, House of Lords, Legislation, Draft

    MP Will Quince's Parental Bereavement Bill passed the final stage in the House of Commons last month, seeking to allow parents time to grieve after the death of their child and gaining unanimous cross-party support. Quince proposed the bill along with Kevin Hollinrake, after Quince’s son, Robert, was stillborn at full term in 2014, suffering from Edward’s Syndrome.  

    Current legal position  

    While it is expected of employers to be compassionate and flexible when their employees face difficult times such as mourning the loss of a loved one, there is no legal requirement for employers to provide leave or pay to employees who are grieving the loss of a child.  

    Under the Employment Rights Act, employees do have a day-one right to take a ‘ … more

    

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